Boyfriend jailed over drunken knife attack

Leeds Crown Court.
Leeds Crown Court.

A VIOLENT boyfriend stabbed his partner with a kitchen knife before turning the weapon on himself in a bid to get her arrested.

A court heard Michael Lamb threatened to kill his girlfriend during a drunken row then plunged the weapon into her thigh.

Leeds Crown Court heard the woman feared she was about to be killed during the incident at William Street, Castleford, on April 12 this year.

Laura McBride, prosecuting, said Lamb then picked up a larger knife and used it to slash his clothing and chest area.

He told the victim: “I am going to have you arrested for this.”

Lamb, of no fixed address, was jailed for nine months after pleading to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was also made the subject of a restraining order banning him from contacting the victim in the future.

Miss McBride said the couple had been drinking before the incident which took place at 1.30am.

During the dispute Lamb picked up the silver kitchen knife and said: “I am going to kill you, you grass.”

Miss McBride added: “(The victim) was terrified and thought the defendant was going to kill her.

Lamb ran from the house after the attack but returned to the property and began shouting. Police were contacted by concerned neighboured.

Lamb was arrested and said he was not responsible for inflicting the wound, claiming the victim had done it to herself “for attention.”

Lamb continued to deny the attack but pleaded guilty to the offence shortly before a trial.

He has 25 convictions for 15 offences. Much of his offending is drink-related. Lamb was the subject of a community order at the time of the attack

Stephen Swann, mitigating, said Lamb had been struggling with depression and mental health problems. Judge Neil Clark said: “Anyone who uses a knife irrationally like that in drink takes an enormous risk.”